If you want to know why people hate KG, just read the Globe today.
Garnett wasn’t exactly welcoming to Pacers rookies A.J. Price and Tyler Hansbrough when he visited Indianapolis this summer to film a Wheaties commercial. As Garnett exited Conseco Fieldhouse, Indiana assistant coachLester Conner asked him to walk over and meet Price and Hansbrough, who were working out. Garnett wasn’t exactly friendly. According to Conner, Garnett continued to walk out and remarked, “[Expletive] your rookies.’’ Said Price, laughing, “That pretty much let me know where I was at on the totem pole. I thought I was going to have a chance to talk to him for a second so I can say, ‘What’s up?’ and introduce myself. But I guess he shot that down real quick.’’
I mean…this is sort of ridiculous, no? Let me state for the record that I don’t “hate” KG and that I think people who “hate” him because of his on- and off-court antics are missing what a wonderful player he has been for the last 15 years. And I also get that he is a hyper-competitive athlete who may feel the need to behave in anti-social ways in order to maintain a mental edge. A mental edge he may need more as he ages.
Still: I can’t really see the harm in shaking A.J. Price’s hand, saying hi and accepting a minute of adulation. It just seems to be the…human thing to do, you know?